1. We had a pretty bad week last week. So bad, that I’m a little bemused to already find it Friday again. Didn’t Himself just leave for Dallas? I can’t remember.
Saturday GeekBaby and I had what I’ve finally settled on being stomach flu. Then Sunday, his cold started to assert itself. Then Tuesday he managed to bust his lower lip on the cart at Target, and he never really seemed to stop throwing up for more than about 16 hours at a time. So Wednesday I called in sick and took him to the pediatrician.
2. Pediatrician: Well, his throat is pretty red, let me see your throat. … Wow, your throat is awfully red too. He must have strep.
Me: There is no *redacted* way he has strep. The incubation period for strep is 1-3 days and we’ve been sequestered with stomach flu for the last 4 days. His throat is red because he keeps throwing up, you know, the reason I brought him in. (I was politer than this, but still firm, because strep is a dumb diagnosis in this case all around.)
Pediatrician: Well, we need to test for strep anyway, blah blah blah, rheumetic fever, blah blah blah. (She didn’t give me the rheumatic fever discussion this time. I do actually like this pediatrician because she is generally respectful of my own common sense and experience, which is refreshing in a doctor. But she’s got this thing about strep.)
Me: Fine, just remember to do a throat culture too, since he has always given a false positive on the quick test before. (We’re 0/5 on strep diagnoses after culture, and the kid is only 3).
Pediatrician: That’s right, thanks for reminding me. …That’s weird, there’s liquid in this strep culture tube.
Me: If there’s agarose in the bottom, sometimes that weeps. It’s probably fine.
Pediatrican: Good to know.
Instant Strep Test: N3g4t1v3!!!
Me & Pediatrician: Huh.
Pediatrician: Well, his ears are infected, so here’s an prescription for Ab, and how about we give him a shot today to make sure he doesn’t vomit up the first dose tonight.
Me: Sounds good.
GeekBaby: My boo-boo was on my lip, not my knee!!
3. After this last week’s uninterrupted stream of illnesses, (and after digging in the linen closet at 1am desperately looking for fresh queen sheets for my bed) my awareness of how my household completely falls apart whenever I am sick is extremely high. I’m a really rotten housekeeper. So I’m looking at different housekeeping management systems again.
I’m not fond of A Mother’s Rule of Life, (and I’ll be honest, I resent the book a little for taking such a neat concept and going nowhere particularly interesting with it). I’m positively anti-Flylady. Is there anything else to look at?
I’ve been reading Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House. While I’m finding it quite useful, it’s really more of an encyclopedia than a system. What I need is something that reminds me to change the AC filters regularly and get the car inspected. Something like the housekeeping journals women kept of yore, but for the modern age.
So if you’re reading this, what kind of chores and maintenance do you always forget to do? What parts of a household management system work for you, and which don’t? I don’t care whether you stay at home, work from home, or work away from the home. I’m just interested in what works for people, and what doesn’t, and why.
4. Dorian Speed wants to have a Houston Catholic blogger meet up! I’m so there, and if you will appreciate the entertainment value of watching me look terrified of meeting new people without a keyboard interface, you should be there too!
5. Fraggle Rock streaming on Netflix is a wonderful thing when you and the littles are sick. GeekBaby and I went through the rest of the run. And let me tell you, that was quality programming. They had actual plots and character change and everything. Way better than the Bob the Builder garbage that is on television these days.
6. It’s been such a rough week, I’m actually having trouble coming up with 7 Things, Quick or Otherwise. So, enjoy this YouTube video of Benjamin Bagby performing Beowulf. I do.
7. Speaking of Beowulf, how awesome are these socks?? They’re knitted with the opening verses!
I must obtain this pattern. Must.
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